Performer: Perez Prado and his Orchestra Writer: D. Perez Prado
Digitized at 78 revolutions per minute. Four stylii were used to transfer this record. They are 3.5 mil truncated eliptical, 2.3 mil truncated conical, 2.8 mil truncated conical, 3.3 mil truncated conical. These were recorded flat and then also equalized with Turnover: 400.0, Rolloff: -12.0.
The preferred versions suggested by an audio engineer at George Blood, L.P. have been copied to have the more friendly filenames.
May 6, 2020 Subject:
Lightly restored using iZotope RX7 Advanced
January 19, 2020 Subject:
I just discovered this cache of 78s here at the archive, and wow, what a treasure trove!
My first choice was Mambo No. 5, an old favorite of Perez Prado's. I'll definitely be going through the stacks after enjoying the excellent and vibrant fidelity; I've never actually heard a 78 RPM record sound this good.
Thanks to all who are preserving these recordings and doing such a meticulous job of transferring them to digital files for everyone to discover.
July 24, 2017 Subject:
Mambo No. 5, 1950
Prado, nicknamed "King of the Mambo," was one of the most popular artists of the mambo craze in the 1940s and ’50s. He developed it into the bright, swing-influenced style that resonated with fans all over the world. A riff from the end of "Mambo No. 5" was notoriously sampled in Lou Bega's 1999 hit of the same name (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EK_LN3XEcnw). Although Prado's estate engaged Bega's German producers in a copyright battle after the song's release, the new hit re-introduced his work to worldwide charts decades after his initial success.